Residency and Capstone Requirements
A Flexible Online Format
Our online programs are designed to maintain the same educational quality as our on-campus programs, with a curriculum that fits seamlessly into a busy schedule. Our flexible learning format includes:
Live, face-to-face video classes
Our videoconferencing technology allows you to see, interact, and debate with your peers and professors throughout class. Class sizes are kept to an approximate 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio to promote close collaboration.
Our coursework is intended to expand on in-class lessons with videos, quizzes, and Q&A sessions. Coursework can be completed weekly on your own time.
Interactive case studies
Our case studies allow you to translate concepts and skills learned in class to real-life situations. You will collaborate with peers to work through these projects together.
Explore Careers in International Relations
With a foundation in international affairs and expertise in a specialized subsector, you will graduate equipped to enter or move up in your field. In each sector, your duties can include:
Developing data-driven recommendations to support government officials and policymakers; providing consulting services on government relations, regulatory strategies, and corporate citizenship; and overseeing development projects in different countries
Driving U.S. foreign policy; developing and managing assistance programs that promote peace, stability, and prosperity in different countries; and operating and assessing economic sanctions programs
Supporting democratic development programs, backstopping field teams, providing policy research support, and analyzing project performance in other countries
Our faculty are active members in the international affairs and service communities.
Lead Faculty, Practicum in International Relations
Stephanie Fischer is an executive in residence at SIS. In the past, she has directed the Advisory Board Foundation’s child protection project in the Philippines, and she has led Cummins Inc.’s corporate social responsibility efforts in Mexico.
Senior Professorial Lecturer, Global Governance
Tazreena Sajjad’s areas of expertise include transitional justice, refugees, forced displacement, post-conflict governance, gender and conflict, and social movements in South Asia. Prior to joining SIS, Dr. Sajjad worked in the Afghanistan program at Global Rights in Afghanistan and in the South Asia program at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Lead Faculty, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security
Gordon Adams is a widely respected expert and author on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is consulted extensively by the nation’s media for comment on U.S. national security policy.